This article is about the novel by Leif Enger. Peace Like a River. Peacelikeariver. jpg. Author, Leif Enger. Country, United States. Language, English. Peace Like a River reminds a reader of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong or even Leif Enger’s debut is an extraordinary novel–an epic of generosity and heart that. Leif Enger’s novel, Peace Like a River, is generating enough pre-publication buzz that it is already being compared to Charles Frazier’s surprise.

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I acknowledge that this novel is a well-crafted enegr of art. So, the year-old talks like an aged romantic, the 8-year-old talks like a wizened year-old and the however-old-he-is father doesn’t speak.

After Reuben’s father stops two town thugs from raping a girl, they seek revenge on the family. But it’s the impassioned honesty of his quiet, measured narrative voice that gives weight lei truth to the fantastic elements of this engrossing tale.

Sep 29, Dana rated it it was amazing. Once in a great while, we encounter a novel in our voluminous reading that begs to be read aloud. The person who answers the door is Roxanna, yet another strange, alienated character whom life has beaten into semi-seclusion.

It wouldn’t be so bad if there were more about this piece of smarmy claptrap to like. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Where do you see a distinction? Andreeson, hot on the case, goes missing during a snowstorm and Reuben knows that Waltzer probably lured the federal agent away from town to kill him and so Reuben tells Jeremiah. It is clear the author has some understanding of the miraculous! No, this is an atmospheric novel about a family split by unusual circumstances: The oldest child of Jeremiah Land – Davey gets lije a fight with the local thugs when they break into his home and threaten the safety of his younger siblings.


This is the kind of story booksellers fall in love with, and handselling should supplement the strong publicity effort, including an city author tour.

View all 20 comments. You are commenting using your Facebook account. It’s no great feat to believe when God entertains you with a steady stream of magic tricks. You would take your son’s place if you could. Jan enyer, Brandy rated it liked it Shelves: I’m not trying to be mean here. Engfr becomes clear early on that Jeremiah is going to fall in love with Roxanna, which he does, and they get married — but not until later. That’s not even good pulp.

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You must want to darken and deepen that annoying vertical line that spontaneously popped up between my eyebrows when I turned May 9, at 2: They travel for hours without stopping at a gas station because they are all manned with police officers looking for the Lands.

Still one of my favorites. The Lands and Roxanna move back home and purchase the red farm where Jeremiah and Roxanna are married.

If you like stories set in the Southern states, where family is stronger than the law then this one is for you. The characters in it are so believable I feel like they are my cousins or something–in real life!

Peace Like a River

A man by the name of Jape Waltzer owns a small cabin with a young girl named Sara that he intends to marry once she is old enough.


And there all comparisons should end. I hope you don’t, because I love you.

One day while he is near the barn, Reuben sees a horse rider and knows instantly that it is Davy. Life returns to normal until Davy shows up one night with Sara in a car he stole from Waltzer. It’s a miracle of a book and I heartily recommend it. Reuben Land is as balanced and clueless as Scout Finch.

It’s every bit as wonderful as I remember.


This was a great story. Sundown was caught In an awfully dangerous place. View all 6 comments. Middle pgs 3 17 Jan 03, He lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife and two sons.

The care that Leif Enger takes with the sibling relationship is stunning; all of the relationships in this book are done with a sort of flawless subtlety. Because it will be a reread. I was willing to give this mess two stars, mostly because Enger can write well when he tries, and a couple of his characters are perfectly drawn, but then I got to the ending.

Told from the point of view of Davy’s younger brother, Reuben, the story is spiritual, heartbreaking, and joyful.

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I remembered loving the writing: Books by Leif Enger. What was the purpose of telling it. Want to Read saving….

Paperbackpages. Their father, Jeremiah, a promising medical student-turned janitor, has an unusually conversational relationship with the Lord. Her fingers were the oldest part of her??

It’s really made me wonder about why I closed it feeling unsettled and unhappy.